Troy Pyper won two North Canterbury finals within 24 hours. Photo — Pete Nikolaison, Golden Shears

Pyper completes a double

by Ann van Engelen

New Zealand shearing representative Troy Pyper completed a surprisingly-rare double when he won the Sefton Shears Open shearing final on Sunday — 24 hours after winning the open final at the Cheviot A&P Show.

“It was the first time in at least a decade that any shearer had won both of the North Canterbury finals in the same season,” said Shearing Sports NZ media officer Doug Laing.

“Based in Amberley, from Southland and winning at Sefton for the second year in a row, Pyper’s wins came a week after he was the top New Zealander in a trans-Tasman series win at the Golden Shears in Masterton.

Breaking a run of five consecutive Australian wins in the annual home-and-away matches. In Masterton, he was also third in the PGG Wrightson Wools National Circuit final.”

The weekend pair, with a margin of more than four points above runner-up and Rangiora shearer Hugh De Lacy in both finals, takes Pyper to eight wins in open finals this season and a career total of 24. Shearing the 10 Cheviot final sheep in 9min 35.21sec, he was the only shearer to go under a minute a sheep, putting a sheep round both others on the three-stand board. Third, was Rangiora shearer Lyall Windleburn.

Liam Norrie, of Cheviot, won the senior final, and Ben Forrester, of Leithfield, claiming intermediate honours. Alice Watson, of Blenheim, won a junior final, which included Golden Shears junior finalist James Wilson, of Winton.

At Sefton, Winton shearer Brandon Maguire Ratima won the senior shearing final a week after his Golden Shears senior final win in Masterton.

Brayden Clifford, of Waikaka, won the intermediate final on the back of a second placing at the Golden Shears. Ashburton shearer Chase Rattray won the junior final, and blades honours went to Noel Handley, of Rangiora.